As mentioned yesterday, the final step in the hair colour journey is now complete. I am so excited about it!
Can I call myself a blonde now do you think? :)
I would probably describe the colour as a dark warm blonde. It's like sand mixed with a bit of honey and exactly the kind of tone that I was after.
It's taken a lot of time and effort to get here. I think I probably underestimated this at the beginning and wrongly assumed that this would be the result after one visit. Nope, this took three visits to the salon in total and the visits comprised the following:
1) Lift the base colour/balayage and some ombre on the ends (5 hours)
2) All over balayage and toning (3 hours)
3) All over balayage and toning (3 hours)
This was all done in a relatively short timeframe but for each visit we assessed the integrity of my hair and made sure that it could handle the process. It could but if I don't deep condition it from this point on then I will be in for a massive b*ll*cking from my hairdresser, Anthony.
It's funny having lighter hair. I feel renewed in a way. It's also been a bit of an education. Here are some of the lessons I have learned over the last few weeks:
1) You don't need as much make up - lighter hair softens features I think and makes it easier for me to feel like I can get away with less. Having said that my less is probably someone else's plenty.
For example today I applied Revlon BB cream, Laura Mercier Powder, Laura Mercier Orange Blossom blush, MAC Lingering eye pencil, MAC Patina shadow, Marc Jacobs eyeliner, L'oreal Miss Manga mascara and a clear Lancome lip gloss....and that's ALL I used :)
2) Product and grime turn the colour brassy - I noticed this the other day. When there is too much product in the hair, the colour dulls itself down and becomes slightly brassy. This is a problem for someone who likes to spray in Oribe Dry Texturising Spray as liberally as I do. I'll have to control myself!
3) Maintenance is scary - it's fortunate that my hairdresser is also a good friend as we will be seeing each other on a regular basis to tackle roots. Not only that but the other challenge is keeping the colour the right side of blonde.
I can already predict that I will waste far too much mental energy worrying about this but don't worry, I will try and internalize it as much as possible so I don't bore you off :)
See you tomorrow!